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Live Oak Barbecue in East Austin

I've gone there several times and the food is pretty good. Their chicken was by far the best thing to me and was really awesomely delicious. Their pork steak is something you dont get very often around here, and was very tasty. Sausage is good. Brisket was kinda meh. I mean it is better than most of what in town Austin has to offer, but not quite what I was hoping for. I didn't really care for their sides, but that is ok, MOAR MEET. They do some weekend specials and they get pretty creative with them.

It is definitely worth trying

Sep 16, 2011
pdm in Austin

Southern Hospitality has just that and more

I went there this tuesday to try the fried chicken. The first piece I had was quite good but the piece from the second batch was over cooked and dry, but I think it was a smaller breast and probably that piece just got over cooked. The food in general was good. My major complaint is they could not keep food on the buffet. My first pass through I was able to get the last piece of chicken and about a quarter size (like a $.25 piece) of meatloaf. When I went back, there was no chicken, and no meatloaf, and no mac and cheese. i waited and waited, finally they put out a tiny bit of meatloaf, and the 4 people who got there first finished it all off. In the end I had 2 pieces of chicken and about a fork full of meatloaf (but that one bite was delicious).

If you are going to have a buffet, you have to keep sufficient food on it to serve your seating capacity seems like. I saw some people preparing togo orders, maybe that was part of the problem, I dunno. I left wanting more, but we couldn't wait around for them to maybe or maybe not bring more food out.

Jul 27, 2011
pdm in Austin

Soda shop/market in Austin?

I'll +1 Live oak market on manchaca, they have a nice selection both in bottles and in the fountain. I'm really impressed with how many places in Austin have dublin dr pepper and main root sodas in fountains. I really like the Main Root "Mexican Cola" that Hopdoddy has. Torchy's non trailer locations also have Main Root and Dublin Dr Pepper in the fountain.

Jul 27, 2011
pdm in Austin

Popup Ads...During Log In!!

I think the problem with the Pork ad is that it is _on top_ of the login, meaning, it makes the dialog useless. It is a bad ad.

http://ruminate.net/tmp//chowhound_ba...

Jun 27, 2011
pdm in Site Talk

Best BBQ?

If you want a BBQ driving adventure, get up early one Saturday and head to Snow's BBQ. I've done this once so far and I was rewarded with excellent BBQ. Its a little challenging to get since they are only open on Saturday from 8am until they run out. It was a nice trip though, I got some BBQ for breakfast and then got some to go and brought it home for dinner. http://www.snowsbbq.com/ Lockhart as some have mentioned is a great place to go too. In town my favorite so far is Rudy's despite being a chain. I mean, its not the best BBQ in the world, but it is really quite good, easy to get and consistent. I'm fairly new myself though so I haven't tried all the in town ones yet.

Dec 20, 2009
pdm in Austin

Moo Moo's on S. Lamar

I went there today. Be careful driving in, there is a drop off on the driveway and my Audi bottomed out. The menu clearly says orders come with 2 burgers, and I double checked with the guy. I ordered 2 orders of Beefcake. I get home and each has only one patty. The burger was pretty dry but tasted ok. The french fries tasted good to me, but they had a fried metal twist in them. Whoops. The guy didn't have any change at all, and I only had $6 in ones and some 20s,. He let me have the burgers for the $6 in ones I had. So now I need to go back and give them the other $6 some time. It'll be a special trip though, as I don't think I'd eat there again. Well, maybe if they are still open in a couple months and have their process worked out so they know how to make the burgers with the right number of patties.

Aug 28, 2009
pdm in Austin

Moo Moo's on S. Lamar

Where on S Lamar is it? I can't find it on yelp or any where else that says where it actually is.

Aug 27, 2009
pdm in Austin

DC Transplats: Where is Kabob Palace or Ravi Kabob replacements?

Which 2 places were they? I'll give them a try.

Dec 15, 2008
pdm in Austin

DC Transplats: Where is Kabob Palace or Ravi Kabob replacements?

We just moved here from the DC area and are searching for some great Kabobs. The best I've ever had in my life were from Kabob Palace (with Ravi Kabob a close second). Hoping some other DC transplants to Austin have found something similar around here.

Looking for some great Chapli (spicy beef patty), bonless chicken kabob, just baked/grilled flat bread, and whatever the chickpea dish both Kabob Palace and Ravi have that I've never been able to even find a proper name for.

Thanks for any pointers!

Dec 14, 2008
pdm in Austin

Hey Cupcake! on Burnet

I saw that the other day, pretty weak, but I can't blame them I guess. Lot of people wanting to park there.

If you haven't tried it yet, try Sugar Mama's Bakeshop at 1905 S. 1st St. Their cupcakes are super yummy and moist. They have a few core flavors and some rotating ones each day. They are also a little smaller than Hey Cupcake's so you can try two and not feel bad about it.

Nov 03, 2008
pdm in Austin

five guys burgers and fries

I just moved here from DC/Northern Virginia area, and I thought I had escaped Five Guys! Don't get me wrong, their burger is good, and it is just about the only reasonable non fast food burger option in some areas in Northern Virginia. There are much better burgers to be found in Austin though. Worth a try for sure. The fries are excellent.

Nov 03, 2008
pdm in Chains

[AUS] Chicken-fried Steak in Austin

Freddie's Chicken Fried Steak was really quite good. Definitely fresh made. My only complaint about it was that the crust tended to not adhere to the meat very well. .

Nov 03, 2008
pdm in Austin

Kabob Palace - what sort of style / recipes?

I'm getting ready to move out of Northern Virginia, and one of the things I will miss the most is Kabob Palace. I've looked around at middle eastern cookbooks but haven't been able to find anything even close to what they are making there. Does any one what particular style of middle eastern food they are doing there so I can try to narrow down my search, or what the chick pea dish is called? I asked one of the guys what was in the chickpeas sonce and he just said "a bunch of stuff!".I am an avid home chef, but middle eastern cooking isn't something I am very good at just figuring out.

Thanks for any suggestions!
-pdm

Apr 04, 2008
pdm in Washington DC & Baltimore

Fried pickles in DC??

Its not in city of DC, but Old Hickory Grille on Hwy 50 in Falls Church has them. Food there is good. They have a Cajun theme of sorts.

Nov 19, 2007
pdm in Washington DC & Baltimore

The Mysterious Dad's Backyard Burgers, Merrifield..

I was there on the discount day, and they only give the discount on the burger and not the fries and drink. So it wasn't exactly half price from the menu. This implies to me that you might be able to order it without those items.

The burger I got on their opening day was really good, the burger the 2nd time was just ok, third time was pretty tasteless. The first day they also didn't have this useless ordering slip. I hope they stop doing that. They makeyou fill it out with nothing to write on, the guy still asks you all the same questions, there is no way to represent more than one person's order on the list if they want the same burger, and, they have you put you rname on the ticket and they never use it. Something that sounded good on paper before they opened obviously isn't working out in practice. I suggested to the young lady who is handing out the forms that this was quite annoying and she claimed that most people like it. I think if htey just put a menu board up over the cashiers head people could figure it and go more smoothly, and she wouldn't need to stand there by the door.

We're going to wait a few weeks to give them time to sort it all otu and try again. I hope they do because a good burger place walking distance from our house would be nice.

Sep 22, 2007
pdm in Washington DC & Baltimore

The Mysterious Dad's Backyard Burgers, Merrifield..

Well, they are open as of today. I walked over and got a burger and hot dog. (way too much food, but I wanted to try both items). Was quite good. Certainly tasted more like from backyard and better than Five Guys to me (which I am a bit burned out on). Had a really good grilled and smoked flavor to it. They were quite busy but it didn't take too long to get my piping hot burger. 8oz burger is $8 and comes with fries and a driink, 5oz burger is $6.50 and comes with same. Fries were a little soggy, but maybe the fried will improve.

Sep 13, 2007
pdm in Washington DC & Baltimore

The Mysterious Dad's Backyard Burgers, Merrifield..

We went by there for dinner today to find them closed. The owner came out and talked to us, he said they ran into some last minute issues with the bathrooms and ADA or something. He said they hope to be open on Wednesday. However, it didn't look like it was ready to be opened inside to me. The drink machine was on the floor for example.

Sep 10, 2007
pdm in Washington DC & Baltimore

rou jia mo in DC or Northern VA?

I visited Bejing several months back and before I went I really didn't care for Chinese food. Now it turns out I just didn't like American Chinese food, but I've found a few authentic type Chinese food places around here that I really do like. However there is one thing I can't find, and this was at a fast food type place in Beijing. They called it equivalent of a Chinese Hamburger, but it was on an odd flat type bread and the meat was chopped not ground and mixed with very spicy peppers.

Here is the place:
http://www.shunkouliu.com/menu.html

it is like #033, but 33 is pork and nt spicy. The one I liked isn't on the menu here but it was beef and very spicy.

Anyone know some place around here that has this sort of thing?

I also really liked # 010. It was some sort of spicy noodles, it might be called "han jing gong". I don't really know what it was, and I haven't been able to find it anywhere around here.

Any suggestions appreciated!

Sep 08, 2007
pdm in Washington DC & Baltimore

The Mysterious Dad's Backyard Burgers, Merrifield..

Dad's Backyard Burgers opens on Monday! We live down the street from it, and have been anxiously awaiting it for 3 years since we moved here. Sign out front says they open on Monday. Has to be the world's most anticipated burger ever.

Sep 08, 2007
pdm in Washington DC & Baltimore